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NY Post Settles ‘Bag Men’ Lawsuit

NY_NYP122-277x300The New York Post has finally paid for its idiotic and disgusting decision to imply that Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. The two men sued the Post after it published a cover labeling them “Bag Men.” That lawsuit was just settled, according to The Associated Press.

When the Post cover hit newsstands, little information was known about who committed the terrorist attack. Barhoum and Zaimi immediately felt the wrath of people who wrongfully blamed them after seeing their faces plastered on the cover of the paper.

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NY Times to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs, Shutter NYT Opinion

This is not going to be a good day for many New York Times staffers. The paper plans to cut a whopping 100 people from its newsroom. The last time the Times let go of this many people was in 2009.

The reduction in staff is — of course — a cost-cutting move. ”The job losses are necessary to control our costs and to allow us to continue to invest in the digital future of The New York Times, but we know that they will be painful both for the individuals affected and for their colleagues,” read a note from Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson.

The Times plans to offer buyouts to staffers, but will resort to layoffs if enough people don’t accept the deals.

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Richard Tomko Named amNewYork Publisher

Newsday Media Group has named Richard Tomko publisher of amNewYork. Tomko joins the newspaper from Boost Digital, where he served as a consultant. He previously served as CEO of Snooth Media, and worked for Time Warner for 14 years. Tomko also served as Time Inc. Digital’s general manager and VP of business development.

“Richard is a proven leader with demonstrated abilities to grow contemporary publishing brands,” said Gordon McLeod, publisher of Newsday Media Group, in a statement. “I am confident that Richard’s strong leadership and management skills will best position amNewYork for continued success.”

Tomko’s appointment is effective immediately.

Papers Celebrate Jeter’s Storybook Ending

Derek Jeter ended his final game at Yankees stadium the only way he knows how — as a winner. Jeter sent a single to right on the first pitch he saw to score the winning run for the Yankees.

It was like something out of a fairy tale and today’s papers highlight the magical night.

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NY Post Exclusive: Mayor de Blasio Has ‘Groundhog Blood on His Hands’

The New York Post is on top of its game today. In an “exclusive,” the Post reported that “Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands!” You might recall that earlier this year, de Blasio dropped Charlotte — a groundhog from the Staten Island Zoo — during that annual Groundhog Day ritual that surely makes people wonder what the f*ck is wrong with Americans.

Sadly for Charlotte, she died a week later. While the zoo said the animal died of natural causes, the Post’s “sources” revealed the dirty, scandalous truth: That Charlotte died from “acute internal injuries” that were “consistent with a fall.”

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Big Changes Come to NY Times Masthead

Dean Baquet, the New York Times’ executive editor, has officially revamped the paper’s masthead. Gone is the “managing editor” title; it’s being replaced by four “deputy executive editors,” who “have already proven they can run stories that take on big institutions, who have covered a world of war, and proven they can lead with humanity.”

Here are the Times’ new deputy executive editors: Susan Chira, Janet Elder, Matt Purdy and Ian Fisher. Chira will oversee news reporting; Elder will manage talent, budget and operations; Purdy will lead investigations and enterprise coverage; and Fisher will oversee digital operations. Tom Bodkin has been named creative director, and “will be equal to the deputy editors,” according to Baquet’s memo.

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Water in NY Times Building is Contaminated

NYtimes buildingShould you need to visit The New York Times building today, we’d suggest bringing a bottle of water or five. According to a memo obtained by Gawker, the water in the building is contaminated:

Until further notice, please refrain from drinking the water in the pantries at 620 Eighth Avenue, as well as using the ice and coffee machines on floors 2-28. The water, coffee and soda machines in the cafeteria are also being temporarily shut down.

If you drank water from any of these areas this morning and feel ill, please call [internal extension]. We have had two cases of illness this morning.

Gross.

Could this be the work of a saboteur??? We’re guessing it’s probably not. But go ahead and say “saboteur” out loud. We suggest doing it in a French accent. Fun, right?

NY Times Launches Politics Site, Newsletter

The New York Times has gone all in on politics with the debut of First Draft, a new site and newsletter dedicated to analyzing politics, elections and policies.

The Times is touting First Draft as “highly visual” and interactive. Readers will get a shot at asking Times editors anything from their take on the latest news to fact checking a bold claim.

The site will feature breaking news, highlights of the paper’s political coverage, and interviews with experts and big whigs. Speaking of important people, First Draft’s initial newsletter comes packing an interview with Vice President Joe Biden.

First Draft is overseen by Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan. Carl Hulse serves as chief Washington correspondent and managing editor of the site. His team is rounded out by reporter Alan Rappeport, and editors Nicholas Corasaniti and Paul Volpe.

You can sign up for First Draft’s newsletter here.

NY Times Exec Editor Dean Baquet Explains His Biggest Fear

dean baquetAs executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet has a lot on his mind. But what’s bothers him the most? What worry swirls in his head? Baquet told The Daily Beast his primary fear is how the Times reports on dangerous areas.

“My biggest concern is how to cover the world right now when it’s really dangerous,” explained Baquet. “How the hell are we going to cover what is a new, heightened U.S. intervention in a region in which the enemies of the U.S. have proven that they do really bad things to journalists? That’s the thing that keeps me most awake at night.”

Baquet also said that he worried about President Obama’s attempts to stop any reporting on national security subjects. He described Obama’s attitude toward the press as “disturbing.”

For more from Baquet, check out the full interview.

NY Daily News Proclaims Diddy Dead Since 1996

Sean Combs — aka Puffy, aka Puff Daddy, aka Guy Who Blessed The World with Da Band, aka P. Diddy, aka Diddy — is dead.

The New York Daily News reported that despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, Combs has been dead for the past 18 years. He was killed in a 1996 shooting, which — sadly enough — was the same year Tupac Shakur was murdered.

We would like to thank the Daily News for alerting us to Combs’ death.

To our dearly departed Diddy, please know that it’s kinda hard with you not around. Know you in heaven, smilin’ down. Watching us while we pray for you; every day we pray for you. Till the day we meet again, in my heart is where I keep you friend.

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